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Bothered by ailing knee, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid fades in second half as Atlanta Hawks rally to tie series

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(0:59)ATLANTA -- Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid's second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks went from historical comparisons to the "Big Dipper" -- Wilt Chamberlain -- to a big oh-fer in the second half of Monday's 103-100 loss that tied things up 2-2.Embiid went 0-for-12 in the second half, accounting for the most attempts without a make in a playoff game in the past 25 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.None of those misses was bigger than the point-blank layup he couldn't connect on with 8.8 seconds left, sailing the right-handed attempt over the rim after catching a pick-and-roll feed from Tobias Harris with Philadelphia trailing 101-100."Great look. He went 0-for-4 in the first quarter and finished 4-for-21 for the game, logging 17 points."I thought in the beginning of the game, when I went back to the locker room, I just felt like I didn't have it tonight," Embiid admitted.He was in good company with all those misses, edging out Michael Jordan's 0-for-11 first half in Game 4 of the 1997 Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat for the worst shooting playoff half in a quarter century, according ESPN Stats & Info data.And like Jordan was apt to do, Embiid still managed to affect the game in other ways, finishing with 21 rebounds."He didn't have his best night offensively, but he had some big defensive plays for us all throughout the game," said Harris, who led Philadelphia with 20 points.

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